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Chief Procurement Officers/Heads of Procurement
Chief Procurement Officer
Head of Strategic Business Services: Senior Director
Daiichi Sankyo Inc.
Senior Vice President Procurement and Real Estate
Mindy Holden recently started as the Senior Vice President of Procurement and Real Estate for The Adecco Group, the world’s leading staffing solutions company. Mindy is based out of the Jacksonville, FL headquarters office. She and her team are responsible for managing the procurement of third party spend as well as the real estate portfolio of 620 offices in North America.
Prior to this role, Mindy was the Chief Procurement Officer and VP Real Estate and Accounts Payable for Direct Energy where she was responsible for procurement, a real estate portfolio of ~100 properties across North America, and Accounts Payable where she was focused on integrating leading practices across this team. Prior to joining Direct Energy, Mindy was responsible for category and supplier management for the Tennessee Valley Authority where she led a team to create a leading practice category management model. Mindy and her team were responsible for developing long-term strategies, management of the supply base including risk mitigation, ongoing improvement in cost, demand management, and supplier management.
Mindy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland where she graduated magna cum laude.
She is also Green Belt and DFSS certified. Mindy is on the Board for the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Conference and served on the Boards for the Epilepsy Foundation of Texas and the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber.
In her spare time, Mindy and her husband enjoy getting to know Jacksonville and the Ponte Vedra Beach areas, spending time with their three children, and are thoroughly enjoying their newest additions to the family - two golden doodle puppies.
Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer
American Water Company
Joshua King is the Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer at American Water Company. In his role, Mr. King oversees all aspects of procurement and fleet for the country’s largest publically traded water company with operations in 47 states and in Canada.
Prior to his current role, Mr. King served in a variety of procurement, materials management and operations roles at Arizona Public Service, Arizona’s largest electric utility. Mr. King was a Director, Consulting Services at PowerAdvocate where he partnered with supply chain executives to develop and execute strategies to reduce total cost of ownership. Mr. King served as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy from 1999-2006.
He holds a B.S. in Ocean Engineering from Virginia Tech, an M.B.A from Villanova University and is a graduate of the Columbia University Executive Education Program. He is an avid Philadelphia sports enthusiast and a dog lover.
Executive Director, Purchasing & Logistics
A leader in global supply chain management specializing in strategic sourcing of complex operational spends in direct & indirect materials, services and capital projects • Director of Strategic Sourcing at Carnival Cruise Line, leads a team addressing >$400M of marine & hotel technical spend of a fleet of 25 ships which includes engine, propulsion, auxiliary systems, electrical, HVAC, elevator, navigation and communication systems, lifesaving appliances, fire-fighting equipment, chemicals, MRO, galley and laundry equipment, and related services • over 25 years of experience spanning industries/sectors, including manufacturing, transportation & distribution, maritime, hospitality, oil & gas, management consulting and international business experience in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East • held similar roles at IBM, Amgen, PwC, HD Supply, and Noranda Aluminum • managed annual spends of category management from $200M to $800M with >$80M documented savings in price, process improvement, and demand management In parallel with his civilian career, served over 30 years in the Army Reserve, specializing in military engineering and logistics, commanded at the company and battalion-levels, holds the rank of Colonel, and currently serving on the faculty at the United States Army War College, Carlisle, PA.
Head of Procurement and Material Control
Kimberly De Witt is Senior Director, Procurement for CF Industries, a global leader in nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing and distribution. In this capacity, Kimberly and her team are responsible for the procurement of equipment, materials and services utilized to support the manufacturing and distribution operations and she is based in the CF Deerfield, IL office.
Before joining the company in 2015, Kimberly held a variety of leadership roles in procurement at BP, Oldcastle, Disney, Diversey (formerly JohnsonDiversey, part of the SC Johnson family of companies) now Sealed Air and Morton (now part of Dow). In addition to her roles in procurement, Kimberly has worked in finance, engineering and sales for ExxonMobil and AkzoNobel.
Kimberly holds a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. She received her MBA in Finance from Columbia University School of Business. Kimberly is a member of Institute for Supply Management and is a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM).
Head of Procurement
Jefferson Science Associates LLC
Lynn McKnight is Head of Procurement at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab), a particle physics research facility located in Newport News, Virginia. The facility is one of 17 national laboratories funded by the Department of Energy. Its mission is to conduct nuclear physics research using the lab’s unique particle accelerator, known as the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF).
In his present capacity he is responsible for direct and indirect sourcing, procurement, strategic vision, operational planning and execution of Procurement operations. Lynn is a Supply Chain professional, having held global leadership positions in defense and commercial markets.
Prior to joining Jefferson Lab part of his 30 year career was as Director of Supply Chain Management (Ideal Innovations, Inc.), Head of Corporate Compliance and Training (SAIC) and Senior Manager Procurement and Supply Management (Kellogg Brown & Root).
Lynn holds a B.S. in Business Management from Hampton University and is certified Lean Six Sigma.
Vice President, Canadian Operations
Since joining Mediagrif in 2000, Jean-Michel has held executive-level positions within different business units operated by Mediagrif and currently oversees sales and operations for six LOBs: MERX, ASC Networks inc.,The Broker Forum, Polygon, Carrus, & Power Source On-Line. Over the years, he has played a critical role in the commercial development of various units within Mediagrif, and his expertise in the B2B e-business sector stem from the leadership roles he has assumed over the years in the field of international operations, sales and marketing. Jean-Michel holds a bachelor degree in Commerce from École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC), where he also held key management positions in the field of international relations prior to joining Mediagrif.
Head of Services Procurement Solutions
Allegis Global Solutions
Jon Kesman is a Global Procurement Director with Allegis Global Solutions. In this role, Jon is responsible for working with clients to implement and expand Allegis’ Services Procurement solutions to better manage complex spend categories, introducing greater visibility, increased compliance and improving efficiency and cost control.
Jon has spent his entire 20 year career in indirect procurement, with a focus on Contingent Labour and Professional Services. Jon has a breadth of experience in developing and delivering category, strategic sourcing and spend management strategies in the complex areas of Consulting, HR Services, and Legal, and also has extensive experience in implementing and managing multi-country Contingent Labour programmes.
Throughout his tenure in roles across consulting, procurement outsourcing, and steady-state strategic procurement organizations, Jon has kept focus on delivering cost savings, increasing visibility and insight, mitigating risk, introducing process efficiency and focusing on compliance to regulations and laws governing the management of non-employee resources.
Jon is a frequent presenter on his experience and successes at various procurement and industry best practice events, and he holds a B.A. in Purchasing and Operations Management from Michigan State University.
Director/Head of Indirect Procurement
Goods and Services Indirect Procurement Director
Béatrice Walker is Director, Global Indirect Purchasing, Goods and Services at AGCO, a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural solutions, and is responsible for the transformation of the indirect global operating model.
Béatrice has 15+ years of increased global responsibilities in strategic indirect sourcing, production and inventory control, client management, supply chain transformation and employee engagement. She is also a recognized leader within the contingent workforce space as having led Freescale Semiconductor, her first employer, to be a Staffing Industry Analyst Case Study Contest Finalist in 2012.
Nominated in 2009 for the Austin, Young Women’s Christian Association, Leader of promise Award, she has served in various non-profit leadership roles such as founding member of the Texas Women in Business and Board Member of the Women Chamber of Commerce of Texas.
At work, she was the chair of the Freescale Women Leadership Team employee affinity group, and is currently on the AGCO Global Women Network Group’s leadership team. Native of France, Béatrice moved to the USA after earning a Master in Management, Specialization in Supply Chain from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce De Toulouse. She is certified as Project Management Professional (PMP) and Contingent Workforce Professional (CCWP).
Deputy Chief of Corporate Procurement and Head of Sourcing and Category Management
Director, Strategic Sourcing
The E. W. Scripps Company
Kevin is a Director – Category Management for The E.W. Scripps Company, which serves audiences and businesses through a growing portfolio of television, radio and digital media brands. He has been with Scripps in various roles for 29 years, first on the journalism, operational and technology categories at a Scripps TV station where his duties included purchasing and vendor management. For the last 12 years, he has been a member of the Scripps Procurement team. Kevin is responsible for enterprise wide vendor relationships in numerous categories including Travel, he is responsible for travel procurement, manages the day to day relationship with their TMC and other travel partners. Kevin is a member of the Business Travel News (BTN) advisory board.
Senior Director, Marketing Procurement
InterContinental Hotel Groups
Following a career launch in the nonprofit space, Stacy's 15 years of experience in procurement began in e-sourcing, and later developed into procurement consulting work across sectors and categories, and finally into Marketing procurement leadership roles in the pharmaceutical and technology industries. A few of her areas of current focus and interest include supplier-enabled innovation, agency engagement optimization, and procurement approaches for not-for-profit organizations and small businesses.
Stacy currently serves as Global Supplier Value Optimization and Marketing Procurement Lead for Citrix, where she manages the compete profile of marketing and media spend across regions and divisions. Prior to Citrix, Stacy held roles in global Agencies category leadership and Marketing transformation implementation with Novartis.
Stacy holds a BA in English and Spanish from Dickinson College, as well as both an MBA in Marketing and Master of International Business from the University of Pittsburgh.
President & CEO
The Richwell Group
Jamie Crump is President of The Richwell Group, a consulting and coaching company for Fortune 500 and small business in the areas of strategic sourcing and supplier diversity. Jamie has been a thought leader in both areas for over 25 years in a variety of industries including banking, telecommunications, IT, pharmaceutical, welding & medical, and heavy equipment rental. She was most recently Director of Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Diversity for United Rentals, Inc., where she developed the team and strategy for indirect sourcing and an award winning supplier diversity program. Jamie is a frequent speaker at sourcing and diversity events throughout the United States and Canada. She is a charter Advisory Board member for ProcureCon and for Diversity Professional. Jamie lives in Blairsville, GA with her husband Bill Thebert, a retired freelance sports photographer.
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